Asean morning news for August 21

Asean morning news for August 21
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Asia-Pacific nations rush to conclude trade deal amid tensions
Amid concerns over rising trade tensions and uncertainty about global economic growth, officials of 16 Asia-Pacific countries have voiced their commitment to speeding up negotiations for an Asia-wide free trade pact, with the hopes of concluding it by November, Thailand said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

OTT content filter proposed
Over-the-top (OTT) service providers operating businesses in Asean will be urged to jointly establish a centre in each country to help screen out fake, fraud and illicit content on their platforms, according to a proposal agreed upon by telecom regulators in the bloc.
— Bangkok Post

White House accuses China of ‘bullying’ in South China Sea
The White House on Tuesday, August 20, accused China of bullying tactics in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea and said it would resist Beijing on the dispute.
— Rappler

ASEAN takes initiative to manage marine debris issue
ASEAN has committed itself to reduce marine waste at both the national and regional levels.
— NBT World (video)

Asean consumers favour automation
People in Asean are positive about completely automated interactions with brands, according to the Adobe Experience Index, which gauges consumer expectations.
— Bangkok Post

Mekong River Strikes Another Record Low
In recent weeks, the Mekong River, one of the world’s longest and largest rivers, which has been under peril due to a confluence of development, demographic, and geopolitical pressures, has been at its lowest levels in a century.
— The Diplomat

Thailand to host AEM, RCEP meetings in September
The Ministry of Commerce will host the 51st ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting and the 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) next month, where two important documents are expected to be signed to promote regional trade.
— NBT World (video)

Local banks satisfy at least 50% of criteria in sustainable banking study: WWF
THE three Singapore banks and a Thai financial institution are the only ones out of the 35 Asean banks assessed that have met at least half of the criteria in a WWF study on banks’ environment, social and governance (ESG) integration performance.
— The Business Times

Huawei 5G technology the best option for Southeast Asia, says experts
Southeast Asian countries eyeing the promise of 5G connectivity to boost economic development are open to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei among others, experts told China Daily.
— Asia One

Data centres to enjoy rapid growth in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia will be the fastest growing region for co-location data centres over the next five years, with its market size expanding by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13 percent during 2019-2024, according to a report released on August 19 by Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm.
— Vietnamplus

Chinese smartphone brands take 62% of Southeast Asia’s 31 mln shipments in Q2
The Southeast Asian smartphone market grew modestly in Q2 by 2 percent year on year, with 30.7 million units shipped during the quarter, reversing several quarters of decline, according to research by Canalys.
— Telecompaper

ASEAN COCI set to review 2020 proposals in Palawan
Delegations from member countries of ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (ASEAN COCI) will gather this week (August 19-23)in Palawan to recommend and deliberate project proposals for 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

85th Mekong River joint patrol begins
The 85th Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand started Tuesday from Jingha Port in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
— Xinhuanet

How Grab is transforming finance and payments in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia often makes headlines for its immense growth potential, with a rising mobile economy and increasing GDP.
— TechinAsia

Southeast Asian maritime officers gather for annual security exercise
Over a hundred maritime officers from Southeast Asia gathering in Manila for an annual week-long security exercise.
— CNN Philippines (video)

ASEAN telecom regulators meeting takes place
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has proposed a set of guidelines to regulate Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers operating businesses in ASEAN at the 25th ASEAN Telecommunication Regulators’ Council (ATRC) and Related Meetings, in order to help screen out inaccurate information on their platforms and allow governments to generate income.
— NBT World (video)

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EU to Assist $100M on Fisheries in Cambodia (Video inside)
The European Union (EU) aided over USD100 million in fisheries sector to Cambodia that would be announced on Wednesday this week, according to George Edgar, the European Union’s ambassador to Cambodia, speaking during a farewell call on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday.
— Fresh News

Kingdom rejects VN request
Cambodia rebuffed Vietnam’s request to provide nationality to its citizens living in Kratie, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri and Stung Treng provinces, with officials saying law enforcement is the Kingdom’s responsibility.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Exports Nearly 2.6 Million Tons of Agricultural Products
Within the first seven month of 2019, Cambodia exported nearly 2.6 million tons of agricultural products, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ report on Monday.
— Fresh News

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Indonesia-US bilateral trade value targeted at US$50 billion
The Indonesian Trade Ministry has outlined a target for the value of bilateral trade between Indonesia and the United States to reach US$50 billion in the coming several years.
— Antara News

Calls mount for govt to investigate racial abuse against Papuans
As the country reels from a series of riots that erupted in Papua and several other regions, activists and nongovernmental organizations are calling for an immediate investigation into the racially charged conflict between Papuan university students and local mass organizations in Surabaya, East Java, that sparked the unrest.
— The Jakarta Post

Court upholds govt obligation to pay Rp 3.9t for victims of Maluku conflict
Families affected by the 1999 communal conflict in Maluku are entitled to receive compensation worth around Rp 3.9 trillion (US$273.3 million) in total, after the Supreme Court rejected a case review petition filed by the government challenging its obligation to provide compensation.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos, UN prepare for better emergency response
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), as the Logistic Cluster lead organisation, works closely with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to enhance disaster preparedness through logistics.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Floods wreak havoc in northern Laos
Some 125 families in three villages in northern Lao province of Oudomxay have been affected by floods after days of heavy rain, with property damage estimated at over 1 billion kip (114,692 U.S. dollars).
— Xinhua

Agriculture ministry bolsters technical skills to improve farm production in Laos
Some 40 people from Phongsaly, Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Bokeo and Luang Prabang provinces, as well as Vientiane, were recently trained as trainers at the Centre for Development and Huayxon-Huayxua Agriculture Service.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Johor to end dependency on treated water supply from Singapore by 2022
The Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources expects Johor to no longer be dependent on the supply of treated water from Singapore by 2022, said its Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s first flying car 85pc completed, says minister
Works to construct Malaysia’s first flying car is 85 per cent complete, according to Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof.
— The Borneo Post

Ministry ropes Petronas in to help address Sarawak’s shortage of LPG gas cylinders
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) Sarawak has sought the help of Petronas in tackling the shortage of LPG gas cylinders in the state.
— The Borneo Post

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U.N. agency, Bangladesh begin survey of Rohingya over return to Myanmar
The United Nations’ refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday started to consult more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to determine if any want to return home, officials said, as a fresh repatriation bid was launched.
— Today Online

US, Japan Vow to Back ‘Responsible Investment’ in Myanmar
Speaking at Yangon forum, State Counselor highlights her government’s investment-friendly reforms, welcomes ‘balance and stability’ offered by US and Japanese businesses.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar continues coal-plant plans
Coal-fired plants will continue to be in use despite objections by different groups on grounds of health and environmental pollution, Ministry of Electricity and Energy deputy minister U Tun Naing said.
— Myanmar Times

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Congress buckles down on 2020 budget
THE PROPOSED national budget for next year has entered the legislative mill, with the House of Representatives lining up hearings leading to final approval at the chamber by Oct. 4.
— BusinessWorld Online

House OKs tax hike on alcoholic beverages, vapes
Voting 184 in favor, two against and with one abstention, the House of Representatives approved on final reading a bill that seeks to increase taxes on alcoholic beverages and impose new taxes on e-cigarettes and vapes.
— CNN Philippines

Gov’t warns foreign vessels in PH waters: Get clearance or leave
The Philippines on Tuesday warned foreign vessels that they need to obtain proper clearance to pass through the country’s territorial waters —or else will be asked to leave.
— CNN Philippines

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Singapore beats expectations to attract $8.1b investment commitments in first half of 2019
Strong economic headwinds and the US-China trade tensions have not stopped Singapore from attracting an unexpectedly large amount of investment commitments.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST Engineering to launch trial of driverless buses booked with an app
Singapore will next week begin a public trial of driverless buses that can be booked with an app, part of ambitions to roll out autonomous vehicles across the city-state.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore is the 3rd most-surveilled city outside of China, says report
Singapore is the 11th most-surveilled city in the world, according to UK comparison website Comparitech, and 3rd most-surveilled outside of China.
— The Online Citizen

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Finance ministry cuts 2019 GDP growth forecast to 3%
Thailand’s finance ministry has cut its 2019 economic growth forecast to 3.0% from the 3.8% it projected in April, due to falling exports.
— Bangkok Post

Thai police seek three more suspects in Bangkok blasts
Thai authorities issued arrest warrants on Tuesday for three more suspects linked to bomb attacks as the capital hosted a diplomatic meeting last month, raising to seven the number of suspects still sought by police.
— Reuters

Thai viral video captures the spirit of Asean humanitarianism (video)
Across Asean today, like any other day, thousands of random acts of kindness will be performed by ordinary citizens.
— AEC News Today

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Central city to boost cashless transactions
The city of Đà Nẵng, the region’s major economic driver, is making headway in raising awareness on the benefits of cashless transactions as well as in building financial and technical infrastructure for the future development of a cashless society.
— Viet Nam News

Chinese steelmaker plans to put up $2-billion plant in Vietnam
Mintal Group wants to build a $2-billion plant in the central province of Thanh Hoa producing carbon ferrochrome, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals.
— VnExpress

Vietnamese mango industry increases production to meet soaring demand from China
The R2E2 mango variety was introduced from Australia in 2003 to Vietnam. A few years ago, Vietnamese farmers increased their production by almost 10 times due to the soaring demand from China.
— Fresh Plaza

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